what to expect

  • beautiful devotional music
  • warm candlelit temple atmosphere
  • everyone has the opportunity to engage in the ritual of offering a lamp

CELEBRATING KARTIK

2017

date – october 6 – november 3

time –  •  mondays – saturdays 8:30pm – 9:15pm
 …. …….•  sundays 12:30 – 1:00pm

location – the bhakti center / temple 3e

admission – free of charge


Kartik, or the Month of Damodara, (running this year from Oct. 6th through November 3rd) is a month for deepening one’s Bhakti practice. Devotees eagerly await the arrival of Kartik every year, when they can sing the Damodarastakam prayers in the evenings and extend their heartfelt love and devotion as they offer ghee lamps before their Lord in the temple. Please join us for beautiful evenings all month. Singing will take place each night from 8:30pm – 9:15pm, and on Sundays at 12:30pm.
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Daily Sponsorship Opportunities

The month of Kartik is a special time to offer our hearts in service. We invite you to help support our offerings to Radha-Muralidhara and all their devotees.

DAILY LAMP OFFERINGS – $108

RAJA BHOGA OFFERING – $108

SANDHYA (EVENING) BHOGA OFFERING -$51

MORNING SWEETS OFFERING – $51

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Sri-Damodarashtakam

(1)

namamishvaram sac-cid-ananda-rupam

lasat-kundalam gokule bhrajamanam

yashoda-bhiyolukhalad dhavamanam

paramrishtam atyantato-drutya gopya

To the supreme controller, who possesses an eternal form of blissful knowledge, whose glistening earrings swing to and fro, who manifested Himself in Gokula, who stole the butter that the gopis kept hanging from the rafters of their storerooms and who then quickly jumped up and ran in retreat in fear of Mother Yasoda but was ultimately caught – to that Supreme Lord, Sri Damodara, I offer my humble obeisances.

(2)

rudantam muhur netra-yugmam mrijantam

karambhoja-yugmena satanka-netram

muhuh shvasa-kampa-tri-rekhanka-kantha-

sthita-graiva-damodaram bhakti-baddham

Upon seeing His mother’s whipping stick, He cried and rubbed His eyes again and again with His two lotus hands. His eyes were fearful and His breathing quick, and as Mother Yasoda bound His belly with ropes, He shivered in fright and His pearl necklace shook. To this Supreme Lord, Sri Damodara, I offer my humble obeisances.

(3)

itidrik-sva-lilabhir ananda-kunde

sva-ghosham nimajjantam akhyapayantam

tadiyeshita-jneshu bhaktair jitatvam

punah prematas tam shatavritti vande

Those superexcellent pastimes of Lord Krishna’s babyhood drowned the inhabitants of Gokula in pools of ecstasy. To the devotees who are attracted only to His majestic aspect of Narayana in Vaikuntha, the Lord herein reveals: “I am conquered and overwhelmed by pure loving devotion.” To the Supreme Lord, Damodara, my obeisances hundreds and hundreds of times.

(4)

varam deva moksham na mokshavadhim va

na canyam vrine’ ham vareshad apiha

idam te vapur natha gopala-balam

sada me manasy avirastam kim anyaih

O Lord, although You are able to give all kinds of benedictions, I do not pray to You for liberation, nor eternal life in Vaikuntha, nor any other boon. My only prayer is that Your childhood pastimes may constantly appear in my mind. O Lord, I do not even want to know your feature of Paramatma. I simply wish that Your childhood pastimes may ever be enacted in my heart.

(5)

idam te mukhambhojam atyanta-nilair

vritam kuntalaih snigdha-raktaish ca gopya

muhush cumbitam bimba-raktadharam me

manasy avirastam alam laksha-labhaih

O Lord, the cheeks of Your blackish lotus face, which is encircled by locks of curling hair, have become reddened like bimba fruits due to Mother Yasoda’s kisses. What more can I describe than this? Millions of opulences are of no use to me, but may this vision constantly remain in my mind.

(6)

namo deva damodarananta vishno

prasida prabho duhkha-jalabdhi-magnam

kripa-drishti-vrishtyati-dinam batanu-

grihanesha mam ajnam edhy akshi-drishyah

O unlimited Vishnu! O master! O Lord! Be pleased upon me! I am drowning in an ocean of sorrow and am almost like a dead man. Please shower the rain of mercy on me; uplift me and protect me with Your nectarean vision.

(7)

kuveratmajau baddha-murtyaiva yadvat

tvaya mocitau bhakti-bhajau kritau ca

tatha prema-bhaktim svakam me prayaccha

na mokshe graho me’ sti damodareha

O Lord Damodara, in Your form as a baby Mother Yasoda bound You to a grinding stone with a rope for tying cows. You then freed the sons of Kuvera, Manigriva and Nalakuvara, who were cursed to stand as trees and You gave them the chance to become Your devotees. Please bless me in this same way. I have no desire for liberation into Your effulgence.

(8)

namas te’ stu damne sphurad-dipti-dhamne

tvadiyodarayatha vishvasya dhamne

namo radhikayai tvadiya-priyayai

namo’ nanta-lilaya devaya tubhyam

O Lord, the entire universe was created by Lord Brahma, who was born from Your abdomen, which was bound with a rope by Mother Yasoda. To this rope I offer my humble obeisances. I offer my obeisances to Your most beloved Srimati Radharani and to Your unlimited pastimes.